Despite our soggy Spring, the old, reliable lilacs are unfurling their blossoms and filling the air with their heady fragrance. I took this picture on the front porch for the natural light but within 5 minutes of carrying them back inside the whole house was perfumed.
The pale ones are old fashioned lilacs and they are the fragrant ones. The darker ones are a variety named Frank Klager. Hulda Klager was a well known lilac breeder and she named this one after her husband. We bought it while visiting her historic gardens about 25 years ago. They are not fragrant but the deep purple color is stunning against a blue sky.
The lilac blooms don't last long but they are one of my favorite Spring treats.
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